Friday, July 31, 2015

July Purchases

I had some business travel planned to Las Vegas in July, so I HAD to have some new things to wear.


1. Nine West Flax pumps in red, $69.00.
2. Polo Ralph Lauren silk military cargo pants in summer olive, $119.99.

Nordstrom Rack

I was looking for a new dress for North America TrendVision. I didn’t find a dress, but I didn’t leave empty handed.

3. Marc by Marc Jacobs sunglasses, $34.97.
4. BCBG Max Azria anderson woven shirt, $21.58

And then I did drunk shopping in Vegas.


5. Camo daypack, $29.99.


6. Olive tote with studded strap, $29.98.
7. Navy striped bag, $45.00

Banana Republic

8. Heritage Collection silk blouse, $34.99.

Street vendor

9. Milani black straw hat, $29.99.

July total: $415.49

Total spending for the year: $1354.37

Remaining 2015 budget: $445.63


During one of my Alaskan summers (1985?), my aunt bought me a copy of Wild Edible and Poisonous Plants of Alaska and I’ve been interested in “eating wild” ever since. My most daring consumption was probably identifying and then eating wild mushrooms while living in the Sierra backcountry. I survived, obviously.

I’ve never eaten cattail, but according to my book, “in late autumn and early winter the short thickened leading shoots of the underground rootstock are filled with starchy material. In the past western Indians have used these shoots as a source of food, eaten either boiled or roasted. In Russia on the Don the stems are collected, the first 18 inches just above the rootstock, and peeled and eaten raw. The green flower spikes have also been recommended as food. They should be collected before the yellow pollen shows. They are boiled in salted water. They can be eaten by scraping off the flowers or by eating much as we do corn on the cob.”

Dress, Ella Moss. Belt, Sugadaminka. Shoes, Miss Me. Sunglasses, Marc by Marc Jacobs. Necklace, World Market. Bag, Charming Charlie.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

On Point

I didn’t realize what a sporty vibe this dress has until I paired it with sneakers. The combo was a perfect choice for a 100+ degree day.

Dress, Prabal Gurung for Target. Shoes, Vans. Necklace, thrifted. Sunglasses, Target. Bag, Merona.

I blistered shishito peppers for dinner. Um. Yum.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Sharing Space

I’ve shared this space with bums, fishermen, and lookie-loos, but today I arrived to find another photographer. It was Susannah from the Canary Project, documenting the state of the American River. She had a much cooler camera than I.

Dress, Gap. Belt, thrifted. Shoes, Seychelles. Sunglasses, Target. Earrings, vintage. Bag, Merona.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015


I love silk, but it isn’t terribly practical for someone who can’t manage to eat or drink or simply cut some corn off a cob without soiling her clothing. The pattern of this dress mostly hides the cornsplosion that sprayed all over my front as I prepared my lunch. I need to wear an apron (and a bib).

Hat, Milani. Dress, Banana Republic (consignment). Shoes, Kelly & Katie. Earrings, street vendor. Sunglasses, Marc by Marc Jacobs.


This dress is now bound for the cleaners. I wore something else to The Press Bistro for dinner.